I have just returned from a 6 week trip of India. It was the first time I had visited the country, I had heard so many great things and it did not fail to live up to expectations. Everything from the people, the food, the sights, the history and much more completely blew me away.
The most memorable place on the trip has to be Agra, home to the Taj Mahal. I have visited a lot of the world’s most famous sights but nothing prepared me for when I first set my eyes on the Taj. I could have sat there all day, relaxing and staring at the magical architecture in front of me.
As with most cities in India, Agra has a plethora of reasons to visit. Here are the reasons I think you should all visit at least once in your lifetime. I say at least once because I will certainly be heading back there soon.
The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal was built as a gesture of love. The emperor at the time built it as a tomb for his wife who died during the birth of their child. It is such a beautiful structure with lush green grounds that you could easily spend hours exploring. When we visited we woke up super early to get to the front of the queue. We arrived at around 5am and had to wait until 6am before the gates opened – yes, it’s very early but the view and the pictures you get will last a lifetime. You can even find some hotels in Agra that will allow you to stay within a stone’s throw of Taj Mahal.
Views That Cannot Be Rivalled
When you first lay eyes on the Taj Mahal you will be blown away, but if you head over the river to see the tomb from the back you can see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world – this is a must do, so make sure you go. It’s roughly 11 kilometers by road to reach the Mughal Garden. The location and view of the garden is one of the reasons why the Taj Mahal was constructed on the banks of the Yamuna river.
Mouth Watering Cuisine
Each place in India has its own special cuisines to try. The food culture in Agra is amazing, and because it’s the number one tourist destination in the country you will be able to find food for any taste and budget. I highly recommend trying Agra Petha, an indigenous sweet of the city.
When you’re there, if you have time, you should also check out; The Agra Fort, The Various Persian Gardens and FatehpurSikris. Agra is blessed with so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to explore them all.